From the archives: Eastern Cape woman stabbed 20 times by ex-boyfriend lives to tell the tale

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Vuyolwethu Ramncwana has stab wounds on her head after ex-boyfriend left her for dead.
Vuyolwethu Ramncwana has stab wounds on her head after ex-boyfriend left her for dead.

It's a miracle she survived. 

Vuyolwethu Ramncwana (42) is still in shock after she was stabbed 20 times and her 15-year-old daughter six times by her ex-boyfriend. 

The mother of two was stabbed on her head, neck, arm, breast and chest and can't believe she is still alive to tell the tale. 

The mother of two girls is luckily to have survived 20 stab wounds on her body.

She tells Drum that the alleged suspect is the father of her four-year-old daughter and he's been jealous and harassing and stalking her since they broke up. Then he did the unthinkable.

It was on Valentine's Day that she saw her life flash right before her eyes, Vuyolwethu tells Drum.

She had a protection order against her ex but that didn't stop him from frequenting her house and leaving silly notes on her window which she kept reporting to the police.

One of the 'silly' notes the suspect would leave on her window at night.

On the night of the incident, Vuyolwethu and her daughters were inside the house in Mdantsane, Eastern Cape.

Because the protection order bars him from entering her house, he allegedly started a fire next to her car, she says. This was a plan to get her out of the house, she believes. When the tyre of her car burst, she ran out of the house only to find him in her yard and they started arguing.

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“He started asking 'where is the man that is in the house?'. I kept asking what man he was talking about and that there was no man in the house,” she explains. Then he allegedly pulled out a big knife and started stabbing her 20 times.

“My daughter came out the house and tried to rescue me, but he stabbed her six times,” she continues. Then the suspect fled the scene and has not been seen since.

It is by the grace of God that they are still alive, Vuyolwethu tells us. She was hospitalised for days before she could be discharged. Her daughter’s wounds were not as severe as hers and she got stitched up and was discharged quite quickly.

Now, Vuyolwethu has been living in fear because the suspect is still at large. The police have confirmed that a case of attempted murder has been opened against him. 

20 stab wounds
Vuyolwethu Ramncwana is still recovering from the 20 stab wounds.

Police spokesperson, Sibongile Soci says, "Police continue to track and trace the suspect who has not been arrested as yet as information is that his previous address has changed."

Vuyolwethu says at this point, the only thing that is going to give her peace is if the man is arrested. She's tired of living in fear.

“He would come to my house at midnight and would bang on my windows saying he is hearing sounds, saying there is a man in the house that is why I want to leave him,” she explains.

Vuyolwethu says she reported all the incidents to the police, but he was only arrested once on 24 January. “Only for one day,” she says.

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They broke up in 2018, she says but his jealousy has worsened over the years. It has been a constant battle of harassment and endless fights since then.

“I had to move from where I stay for the safety of my children, while he is seen in malls and walking in the streets. His life is normal, and I am left living in fear and anguish. I am afraid that something might happen to me and especially my children. This man is still walking around, roaming the streets after he stabbed me 20 times. No arrests, nothing has been done by the police. He has violated the protection order and almost killed me. All I want is for justice needs to prevail.

“I am healing because of family friends I have around me. I talk about it but I am afraid for the children because this all happened in front of them,” she says. 

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